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Paul Heyer and Anna Schachte at Proof, Langdon Graves and Alex de Corte at LaMontagne
Break out your hottest moves — a forthcoming exhibition in South Boston asserts that the path to abstraction could go through dancing.
Dutch seascapes at the Peabody Essex
There's no question about the Peabody Essex Museum's unwavering love of all things nautical. How many other museums employ a curator of maritime art and history (in this case, Daniel Finamore)?
A preview of June's first Friday
With some contemporary-art spaces holding off on summer programming, June's First Friday celebration at the Harrison Avenue galleries may be the strongest one until the fall season, when both the traffic and the collectors return.
Wild and weird
Toby Kamp's 'The Old, Weird America: Folk Themes In Contemporary Art' at The Decordova Museum
'Vida y Drama: Modern Mexican Prints' and 'Viva Mexico!: Edward Weston and his Contemporaries' at the MFA
Long before the threat of swine flu, Mexico was the scene of an outbreak of a very different kind: Modernism.
'This Is Killing Me,' Guy Ben-Ner, and George Cochrane at Mass MoCA
A sailor is mopping the deck of a large vessel when a fellow shipmate approaches. Suddenly, the shipmate climbs onto a wooden chair, reaches for the refrigerator, and swings the freezer door smack in the face of the hard-working deckhand, who collapses onto the tile floor. Such is the world of Israeli artist Guy Ben-Ner.
'Brazil on Screen 2009,' Mass Art shorts, and spring sales at Mass Art and the SMFA
As if puny, leaf-free trees and a general lack of flowers in late April weren't enough of a message to the post-winter season to hurry its shit up, art schools across Boston are poised to open their annual May fundraisers, all in the name of spring.
Matthew Day Jackson, Bernadette Devlin, and Zhou Tao at MIT's List Visual Arts Center
Those Bostonians who've been experiencing Bill Arning withdrawals can stop fretting: the former MIT List Visual Arts Center curator, now director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, is coming home for his final opening.
Virtual reality at the Boston Cyberarts Festival
The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival (April 24–May 10) includes a handful of shows that focus on computer-simulated environments, both real and imaginary.
Beth Galston & Lorey Bonante at Boston Sculptors Gallery, ‘Remembering Albert Alcalay’ at Harvard's Carpenter Center
If the phrase "April showers bring May flowers" has any cred, it might ring true with a new installation at Boston Sculptors Gallery.
Stephen Prina at Barbara Krakow, 'Architecture of Fragments' at The New Art Center
Stephen Prina is many things: artist, musician, Harvard professor, socialite, bon vivant. His artwork extends across a number of media, with multifarious influences.
"Revisions: Indian Artists Engaging Tradition" at the Peabody Essex, Meg Brown Payson at Walker Contemporary
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem has another show of historically relevant new art up its sleeve, this time focusing on Asia's other giant: India.
Digital language and Mexican modernism mark the season
Spring can't come soon enough, since it'll be bringing with it some engaging museum shows in and around Boston.
"Syntax," at Boston University's Photographic Resource Center
How important would you say Ansel Adams is to the modern trends of digital art? If your first inclination is to answer, "Not at all," you're probably right.
'Momentum 13: Eileen Quinlan' and 'Acting Out: Social Experiments in video' coming to the ICA
Not into wheatpasting and framed posters? The ICA is about to serve up two shows by artists who promise not to pop up on street walls all over the city.
'The Artist-as-Curator: Kiki Smith' at the Davis Museum, Heide Hatry at Pierre Menard, Agnès Varda at Harvard's Sert Gallery
Kiki Smith curates at the Davis, Pigskin portraiture in Cambridge
Epic visions of contemporary China at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum.
"Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection" at Salem's Peabody Essex Museum opens with a pair of interesting choices.
Carlson/Strom at the DeCordova, Jonathan Torgovnik at Brandeis, Kenji Fujita at Samson Projects
Bostonians are plenty familiar with the collaborative video works of choreographer Ann Carlson and video-installation artist Mary Ellen Strom, but the DeCordova is the site of their first major museum show.
Misaki Kawai at LaMontagne, "Collision14: POV" and "LE:60 1-Minute Film Festival" at Axiom
Misaki Kawai's new solo show marks the Boston debut of her two-dimensional works and the first opportunity for New England audiences to see her as a bona fide painter. Opening February 21 at LaMontagne Gallery, " Misaki Kawai : Kung Fu Forest."
‘Mahjong: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Sigg Collection’ at the Peabody Essex Museum
Ten to 15 years ago, no one in the Western art world would have predicted that contemporary Asian art, specifically Chinese work, would not only dominate the market but also increase in value as rapidly as it has.
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